Grevensteiner Original | Brauerei C. & A. Veltins GmbH & Co.

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Brewed by:
Brauerei C. & A. Veltins GmbH & Co.

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The beer presents itself in a palely amber colour with orange reflections and a mellow soft head. The complex flavour is firstly dominated by caramel with a slight undertone of honey, roasted almonds, and fresh fruity flavours that bring tastes of green apple to mind. Grevensteiner Original appears very crisp and elegant despite its round and malty-sweet body. A smooth toasty character paired with nutty flavours opens a distinctive finale, which unfolds impressions of butterscotch.

Added by rredshift on 03-13-2014

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Reviews by clarknova:
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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Photo of steveh
4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stumbled on this new one (for me) by accident -- can't pass up an untried German beer. I always wonder what category a Landbier will get pigeon-holed, not surprised it's Keller/Zwickel. Let's see how it tastes.

500 ml can, best by June 12, 2017 (or is it December 06, 2017?) stamped on the can and 4-pack carrier. Poured into my short Becher glass.

L -- Hazy peach shade of orange with a dense, creamy, long-lasting, off-white head.

S -- Bready and yeasty malt with light DMS back -- even some light sulfur. Light character, but on the mark.

T -- Big bready flavor up front that folds into a light crackery character. Some fruity notes in the finish, but not big, warm-fermented esteriness -- more from residual yeast and malt. Spicy noble hops and hop bitterness in the finish with light bready sweetness mingling with herbal bitterness in the aftertaste.

F -- Soft and creamy mouthfeel with a lightly dry finish and a light-medium mouthfeel.

O -- This is a very nice take on the rustic, old-fashioned beers brewed in small villages around the German country (Land) side. Great malt character balanced nicely by herbal hops. Anyone who knows Urban Chestnut Zwickel will enjoy this import. I may have to have a second.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is awesome beer, hard to find around here and under appreciated i think. i love the style, and this is one of the best examples of it i have known. its a pale and cloudy pilsener from what i understand, unfiltered, giving it a lot more character than the standard yellow fizzy lagers. this is perhaps my favorite german style. the head is pure white and lasting through the whole glass, although admittedly, that wasnt a real long time, i was crushing these down. the nose is malty, but light and different. german pils for sure, but possibly with some wheat, it seems bigger and rounder, but that could be the leftover yeast in here, which gives is a slight parcooked dough element and a freshness that i really like. hops are not that subtle either, this is grassy and bright, bitter enough. flavor is just like the nose, with a lot of grain layers for what it is. the presence of the yeast makes all the difference, i wish all pils beers were like this. it doesnt sacrifice any of the cleanness, crispness, or drinkability by not filtering. in fact the smoothness of body almost helps it go down. still bone dry and well carbonated. i wish we saw more of these kellerpils types, but they seem to be a dying breed. if you can get your hands on this, do it. one of my favorite german beers ive had in a long time.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: brilliant amber gold under a lacy 1.5" white foam collar with gold highlights and fair to good retention

S: spicy, floral hop aroma, fresh bread dough, traces of apple

T: flavors start with light apple and bread dough, some cracker, a faint mineral taste, grain, a light sulfury element, and spicy, floral hops. Mid-palate a mild balancing bitter enters and leads to a tart, fruity finish with a lingering bitter

F: The body and carbonation are medium.

O: The lack of lagering give the beer a rustic, flavorful character that make it an excellent summer drink.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grevensteiner Original has a very thick, frothy, puffy, off-white head, an opaque, orange-amber appearance, with tight and fierce little bubble streams, lots of sediment throughout, and a lace curtain left behind. The aroma is of sweet, brown bread, and the flavor is the same, with subdued bitterness, bread crust, and a bit of syrup. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Grevensteiner Original finishes easy drinking and highly refreshing.


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Photo of angrybabboon
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for the can

Consumed 4/4/17

A: Dark caramel to burnt copper - hazy, as the style should be - pours with a large, creamy, off-white head, fades to a wispy cap, maintains a medium collar, leaves sheets of lacing

S: Liquid bread - really nice aromas of bread, bread crust, bread dough, biscuits, crackers - some noble hops, some grass, light touches of spice, lager yeast - light, doughy sweetness

T: As with the aroma, bread, bread crust, bread dough, biscuits, crackers, toast, toffee - nice depth in the malts, some pale grains and some caramel grain - herbal and grassy notes, light touch of spice - some light minerality - finishes with some light bready sweetness

M: Medium body, very smooth, chewy, finishes very clean, super drinkable

O: Crushable and rustic

I would not be surprised if this somewhat unusual style starts to pop up more often. It has all the good qualities of a pilsner, but with more depth, more smoothness, more flavor. Win.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nod to the German purity law. Comes in a lovely 0,30 cl Steinie bottle with a label that shows the history and tradition of the brewery.

A very good looking beer. On pour a nice creamy head formed, very frothy, that stuck around. The colour of the beer was a dark cloudy amber colour. Some good lacing.

The aroma was very, very sweet, a quite piercing smell on the nose. A sweet smell, of bread crust, malts and some fruit, I liked it

A very smooth beer, easy to drink, soft on the tongue and lovely to taste. I liked it, for me it was like having a nice cup of tea (I am not a coffee drinker!), the creamy caramel kicking in and some biscuit flavours, so relaxing and refreshing!

Malts and caramel taste, and balanced overall.

No aftertaste, not very hoppy at all, pleasant finish.

Recommended and will be on the look out for these again in the near future.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wahoo! A CAN from my local, in-person trading partner, @tone77 in furtherance of The CANQuest (tm)! I am really stoked to drink this one since I don't see many in the style, let alone in CANs.

From the CAN: "Naturally Cloudy Beer"; "Tasty mild in character[;] Naturally cloudy country beer [trans. from German]"; "In the 19th century, the brothers Carl and Anton Veltins brewed an exquisite beer in their brewery in Grevensein; a beer which gained popularity beyond the borders of their homeland."; "With Grevensteiner, Brauerei C. & A. Veltins has now continued the story where the brothers left off. Our naturally cloudy Grevensteiner Original is a smooth, rural-style beer, brewed using spring water and freshly harvested hops. Traditional malt gives our beer its amber-coloured splendor and full-bodied aroma. Brewed in accordance with the German Purity Law."; "After traditional model [trans. from German]"; "[undersigned] Braumeister Walter Bauer".

I Crack!ed open the massive 500 ml CAN & even though it mentioned being "naturally cloudy", I resisted an inverted Glug as there was just too much liquid to try and CANtrol. Unbidden, it puffed up with two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, eggshell-white head with decent retention. Color was a deeply-hazy/lightly-cloudy solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose smelled of various fruits from green apples to bananas to green grapes along with a mild nuttiness. It made me think slightly of a hefeweizen, also unfiltered & yeast-driven. I am overselling that, however, as the banana was not as pronounced here. I am simply typing while thinking in a stream-of-consciousness @NeroFiddled type of review. Mouthfeel was medium, kind of big for a Lager. The Commercial Description really says it all in terms of its taste: "caramel with a slight undertone of honey, roasted almonds". Exactly, although I would have said more than just a slight undertone as I picked up on those flavors as early as on the nose. I did not get "butterscotch", but my palate is blind to the off flavor from diacetyl so no surprise there. This was simply a pleasant, easy-drinking beer and it being in a CAN made it even better. Finish was semi-dry & overall, it was highly refreshing which is usually supposed to be the point anyway.

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Photo of Traymond
2.39/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

L: Poured from 16 ounce can into 12 ounce glass. Nice yellowish and opaque appearance. Decent head.

S: Not getting so much from smell. Reminiscent of a Miller Lite, somewhat disappointedly. Slightly floral, lots of cereal and grains.

T: Sweet grains, alcohol up front. Really not getting very much flavor out of this. Not so much lingering aftertaste besides some alcohol and a small amount of bitterness

F: Would've liked more carbonation. Feels thin in the mouth.

O: Haven't really had a "cloudy German beer" before, and wasn't a huge fan. Perhaps my taste buds are not as nuanced as most beer drinkers on here (this is my first review), but it was hard to discern between this and one's typical light beer like Miller Lite. Not super refreshing as I would've liked it to have been. Glad to have tried it and that many seem to enjoy it. Simply not for me. Probably will not be returning.

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Photo of Herze
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerIsland
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very tasty beer, hand carried from Germany by a friend. Very hazy with great aroma and flavor. Had on tap yesterday at the Lancaster Liederkranz; excellent 4.25 easy.

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Photo of Robertas
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tuesunsommiel
3.04/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

L: hands-down the ugliest beer I've ever seen. Reminded me of the "ugliest color in the world" as i looked at it in a glass, only slightly more yellow (Pantone 448C....look it up). Poured form a bottle bought at a Weil am Rhein supermarket so wondering if I just had a really oxidized beer, but it was foul looking.
S: nothing special...malty
T: not bad, in spite of the color. Bread, malt, some alcohol
F: nothing special
O: meh....nothing else to say really

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Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can into a large mug. Bottom dated 12/6/2017.

Appearance - Pours hazy copper in color with a moderate size off-white head> The head has good retention and leaves soapy lacing on the glass.

Aroma: dried hay, roasted nuts and toasted biscuits, with some herbal and floral aspects. Moderate strength.

Flavor: light baked bread, faint roasted nuts, subtle bread yeast, and herbal/floral hops. Light bitterness. Good balance of bready malt and light hop flavors.

Feel: Medium carbonation and body; fairly crisp.

Overall: a fine version of the style, particularly for one that has made its way to the USA.

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Photo of RickyS
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SomethingClever
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9 oz can poured into a pint glass either canned on 6/12 or a best by of 6/12.

A: Huge chunky pillowy white head that settles slowly. Body has a slight haze to it and it burnished copped light caramel in color.

S: Nice floral hops pop then a lot of doughy, caramel malts linger with some night toasted notes as well.

T: The hops are very dialed back in the taste lots of caramel malts and light toffee not as bready as the nose sweeter not as dry as a lot of Pilsners.

M: Medium bodied not as dry as a lot of Pilsner not as crisp more of a lingering mouthfeel.

O: This is a damn tasty beer, it drinks more like an alt bier or a light dunked than a pilsner, but none the less the beer is delicious. Just wish the floral spicy hops that you get a hint of in the nose were at least present in the taste.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brauerei C. & A. Veltins GmbH & Co. "Grevensteiner Original"
0,5l can

Notes: Pours a hazy amber body beneath a frothy head of off-white. Very good head retention and lacing. Aroma of grainy and caramelish malt. The flavor follows with some light toastiness (just like their Pilsner!), a mild herbal character, a suggestion of nuttiness, and a gentle bitterness. Sweetish grainy malt lingers for some time in the finish along with some grassy and herbal hops. Medium bodied with a dextrinous feel, and a soft and smooth carbonation that leaves it creamy. Quite enjoyable, very easy to drink, and very satiating. Worth trying.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoktorEd
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ant777uk
2/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Cloudy German ale...looks pretty good.

Not sure what type of beer this is from the label, so I chilled it to lager temparuture.

Aroma is a bit like a overtly malty brown beer.

Taste is just like about a thousand other overtly malty brownish beers, not really a fan.

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Photo of jmccraney
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OlaB
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: pours cloudy golden color. Small top off white head with sticky lacings on the glass.

A: bread, grass, light malts and herb.

T&F: much as the nose I would say, sweet and malty upfront then I sense more herbs and grass inn the middle and then have a slight bitter and earthy finish. Smooth and clean mouthfeel with a good bite Inn the mouth and a decent length inn the aftertaste.medium carbonated. This went down very easy.

O: a really easy drinking,enjoyable and thirst quenching beer. A kind of a special beerstyle I start to enjoy more and more. I sure would try this again.

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3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ebichuuu
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of tone77
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a copper color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is not mild, lots of bready malts, some hops are present, a bit of grains. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a highly refreshing and enjoyable beer.

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Grevensteiner Original from Brauerei C. & A. Veltins GmbH & Co.
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